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Guam U17 Boys national team score twice in Hong Kong

[March 29, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] The Guam U17 Boys national team played three matches in three days at the 2016 Jockey Club International Youth Invitational held in Hong Kong over Easter weekend.

Guam fell to Chinese Taipei 4-1 on opening day, with Takumi Ito scoring the team's lone goal in the 53rd minute. Guam followed with 2-0 loss to Hong Kong on Day 2 and finished with a 3-1 loss to Singapore on the tournament's final day. Jordan Jasmin scored for Guam in the 50th minute against Singapore.

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Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei remain in top spots of EAFF U18 Tournament

Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei remain as the only undefeated teams in the EAFF U18 Youth Tournament moving into the final days of competition at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Guam grabbed a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the match when Michael Benito gained control of the ball near the 18 yard line, eluded Chinese Taipei defender Wang Kuan Ju and sent in his shot to the opposite post erupting cheers from hundreds of local fans.

About four minutes later, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chao An leveled the match after following up on his initial header that hit the right post. Tsai Meng Cheng and Li Jin Cyuan also scored to gain the advantage moving into the second half.

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Hong Kong wins first-ever EAFF U18 Youth Tournament, Guam finishes in 4th place

Hong Kong went undefeated in five matches in the EAFF U18 Youth Tournament after edging Chinese Taipei 2-1 in the final day of competition at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. In a highly anticipated match up between the tournament’s top two teams, Hong Kong’s Chung Wai Keung started his team on the right foot after netting a goal in the 7th minute of play. Chinese Taipei later leveled the match in the 22nd minute on a goal from forward Liu Sheng Yi.

Just seven minutes later, Chung managed to get around the defense of Chinese Taipei’s Jiang Cheng Yu and take a shot on goal. Chinese Taipei goalkeeper Tsai Shuo Che attempted to bump the ball out of the goal, but the ball hit the crossbar and bounced into the goal for the eventual game winner.

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Guam-Macau match ends in scoreless draw at EAFF U18 tournament

Guam had Macau on its back heels for most of its match, but its East Asian opponents managed to hold on to force a 0-0 draw during a Day 4 match of the EAFF U18 Youth Tournament at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Guam came dangerously close to scoring in the first half with wing plays from both sides of the field. Guam’s Michael Benito had several runs down the right flank and into the penalty box, drawing two Macau defenders on him most times, but the team was unable to finish shots.

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Guam U18 national team ready to compete

The result of months of training by Guam’s U18 national soccer t eam will culminate this week beginning Wednesday during the 2013 EAFF U18 Youth Tournament at the Guam Football Association Training Center.

From over 30 training squad members, 18 of the top players were selected to represent Guam in matches against DPR Korea, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Macau and the Northern Mariana Islands. “We have prepared this group to play exciting attacking football, a great contrast to our playing style a couple of years ago,” said Dominic Gadia, Guam U18 national team head coach. “The GFA and our island have labored hard to get to this point of our football history and we now find ourselves in a tournament with expectations to win. This is a fantastic experience for our team because it means we now have standards to uphold.”

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